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Visanthe Shiancoe Top 5 Tight End?

June 30, 2010

Just as I thought this was shaping up to be a slow news day, I looked up to see a new alert in my feed reader. I saw this Pro Football Weekly story earlier, but quickly dismissed it because it was in the “NFC Whispers” section of the website. But when the Vikings.com blog offers their take on the story, it immediately becomes more credible.

Reportedly, Visanthe Shiancoe and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, want top 5 money. From the Vikings blog:

The Pro Football Weekly report says nothing is imminent but that the sides have been talking and that Shiancoe would like to be paid among the top 5 TEs in the NFL.

I would like to be paid among the top 5 TEs in the NFL too, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen for either of us.  Mike Wobschall, who writes the Vikings.com blog, presents Shiancoe’s case for a new deal:

Shiancoe finished the season tied for 4th in the NFL with 11 TD receptions on the year, setting a team record for the most TDs in a single season by a Vikings TE. He had 56 receptions for 566 yards in 2009 and now has 18 TDs over the last 2 seasons, which is 1st among all TEs during that time and tied for 3rd-most among all players.

Does Shiancoe deserve a raise? Adam Warwas over at Vikings Gab says the Vikings have bigger fish to fry:

I have really grown to like Visanthe Shiancoe, but guys like Sidney Rice, Chad Greenway, and Adrian Peterson are all also in line to get contract extensions.  At the very least, Rice and Greenway have to get taken care of prior to Shiancoe.

Ultimately, I don’t think Shiancoe or Rosenhaus will get their way any time soon. The 8th year player out of Morgan State is under contract for the next two seasons, so he’s just going to have to stay quiet and let his play do the talking. Even if Shiancoe continues to produce, he could become a salary-cap casualty. One of the downsides of having so many talented players on your roster is that you can’t afford to keep them all under contract. The window for success in the National Football League doesn’t stay open very long.

And if this whole football thing doesn’t work out for Shiancoe, he’s always got other offers.

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